Being a semester where the context that we live in and work in is at question it is sometimes hard to believe that there could be anything different or how it really could change. I am not a native to Fargo and never traveled to this place before I was in College. Therefore, when people say how delapitated and unused our downtown was at one period of time it is hard to believe. However, is it then that hard to believe that this place could once agian be very different then what it is today. I look to Denver as a city where there 16th street mall could be an example of downtown Fargo.
However, here is the final result for the Student Union Site. I have proposed the site just to the south of the Barry Hall which is not currently the pioneer plaza building. This might surprise anyone who sees this building now, because there is nothing wrong with the building, we are not saving anything in the project we would only be re- structuring its purpose. So, because it is a site that would have the potential to have much growth and who knows if it would fly as a successful student union, I have created a structural system that I would compare to the southwest adobe huts. Once you run out of room, build on top and to the side and whichever way that would be possible. Then by adding in a outdoor plaza that would be grass in the summer and ice the other 9 months of the year we could facilitate some activity downtown. Also, some key notes on this site are the winter garden created none other then the south side of the building and a parking garage which could be a reality being as there might be anywhere from 100 to 3000 more students attending classes just a block away. here it is.....
Also included on this board is the 3rd and 10th street site. This is admittedly the most unresolved site, but could offer some interesting features. The main idea here is to lift the building off the ground and then to preserve the parking. The almighty parking is very important to this area because the new Barry hall across the street needs to have it for parking. Aslo, then by bringing street level up to second level people are taken away from the business of 10th street and would actually thing of walking or living around this area.
With that my final comment is that this area is not only important to think about from the side of money, economy, or whatever sort of power control. It could be a heritage area where when someone thinks of Fargo they will see this spot and not the vast suburbs that are being put in all directions of Fargo. It is not crazy to think that Fargo will one day reach 200,000 people, so we must plan for the growth and prosperity of the downtown region.